Today’s award goes to
People Eating Tasty Animals People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). By overreacting in the most hysterically over-the-top way to a restaurant food promotion, they’ve ensured that a local (one-city-only) promotion has people talking about it all across the country.
Popeyes, a US fast-food fried chicken franchise, recently launched a promotion at Philadelphia’s airport. With all the fuss about fake “emotional support animals”, the local operator figured that a play on words would help sell more chicken: so they started selling an “emotional support chicken meal”. Click the images for a larger view.
PETA promptly lost its collective marbles. It’s produced this hit job aimed at shaming the restaurant into withdrawing its promotion.
PETA’s frothing-at-the-mouth overreaction has, of course, made Popeye’s promotion go viral, nationwide. From a simple local promotion at a single airport, I understand people all over the country are starting to ask for it. Heck, here in North Texas, with only a relatively small municipal airport in the vicinity, I’ve heard folks talking and laughing about it! Way to go, PETA. You’ve probably killed more chickens (for Popeye’s to fry) with your protest than died from natural causes over the past half a year or so. I might just go to the nearest Popeye’s and add to their profits, just to raise a middle digit at their critics!
(My favorite emotional support animal is still the one said to have been registered by the owner of Dreadnaught Industries here in Texas. I’m told that, fed up with all the fuss over the issue, he spent the money to get official paperwork for his own emotional support animal – a longhorn steer! That caused a lot of gigglage in this neck of the woods, as people visualized him trying to take it on board an airliner. The imagined reaction of the poor lady at the boarding gate led to hilarity, to put it mildly!)
(EDITED TO ADD: More about the emotional support longhorn here, including photographs.)